Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you
will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
- Philippians 1:6
When I reflect on God’s ability to equip us to where we’re called, I can recall multiple times I’ve experienced this first hand. One of the most noteworthy to me is when I think about everything I went through before becoming a writer. It can be so easy to just be overjoyed when we reach a goal or a dream, that we often forget about the journey.
If you would have asked me what I thought I’d end up doing 10 years ago, it wouldn’t have been this. Sometimes it even still feels like a pipe dream. I’ve always loved writing, but I’ve had many people along the way - from teachers to friends, and even family - that have tried to squash this dream from ever even having the chance to develop because it wasn’t a practical job option.
After hearing all of their doubts I started to believe them myself. I actually even first chose nursing as a major in college because I thought it’d be more dependable than writing. I’d let others' thoughts start to dictate the trajectory of my life, instead of embracing the gift that I truly loved and already had been given. After a semester of college in the pre-nursing program, I was quickly able to see that it was not for me. I went against what everyone was telling me to do and switched to journalism and creative writing.
However, while I still loved writing, this wasn’t the end of peoples’ opinions or expectations. As a writer, you have to realize there will always be someone who still doesn’t enjoy your voice or style. My journalism classes were a time when I was being refined and equipped to do what I was made to do. I was able to develop the ability to have my work criticized or critiqued, without completely falling apart or wanting to quit.
After college, I thought with my degree it wouldn’t be too hard to find at least a starter writing gig. Boy was I wrong. I didn’t actually land my first writing job until two years ago. And I’m still not working my dream writing career. However, along the way in each position I’ve had, I’ve learned something that has helped me to grow into who I needed to be for each of the following seasons. When I look back at how far I’ve come from where I started, it honestly feels like a miracle to me. It allows me to trust that He will continue to equip me in every season of life according to His unique plan for my life.
1. Take a moment a think back to a time when God has equipped you for a specific time or season in your life. Remind yourself that He can do it again.
2. What has God called you to? Is there a way that you can steward your gifting while you’re in a season of waiting?
Dear Lord, I pray that you will continue to remind me that your will is so much better than my own. Help me to trust that you will equip me to where i’m called according to Your plan. I thank you for all the times you’ve shown up for me when I couldn't do something on my own. In Jesus name, amen.
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